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Sunday of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A – 2023


When we experience something good, we would like this experience to last.
What we enjoy, we would want to keep on enjoying.

Today’s gospel text shows us a vivid example of this (Matthew 17:1-9).
Three of Jesus’ apostles see him transfigured, he appears glorified before them.
So, Peter says spontaneously:

“Lord, it is good for us to be here.
If you wish, I will put up three shelters –
one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

But when this experience becomes one that envelops them in God’s presence,
suddenly, the reaction of the apostles changes completely.
We are told:

“When the disciples heard this, (God speaking to them, addressing them personally)
they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.”

Amazing, is it not?
So often, we want to reach God, we try to get closer to him.
And… when he, himself, gets close to us, we are terrified!

Jesus touched the apostles. He said: “Don’t be afraid.”

The lesson we need to learn, and learn again…
NOT to be afraid of God!

Why would we perceive his presence as a threat?
Why do we interpret his closeness as something we should fear?
Long ago he has revealed himself as:

“A God of tenderness and compassion…
 rich in kindness and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6).

Tenderness, compassion, kindness, faithfulness…
We could repeat these words like a mantra… and remain ever at peace…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at: https://image-i-nations.com/dimanche-de-la-transfiguration-du-seigneur-annee-a-2023/


Source: Image: LiturgyTools.net


World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July 2023

THEME 2023: « Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind »

The campaign for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2023 aims to raise awareness of disturbing developments and trends identified by UNODC and calls on governments, law enforcement, public services, and civil society to assess and enhance their efforts to strengthen prevention, identify and support victims, and end impunity.

In the context of trafficking in persons, leaving people behind means

  • failing to end the exploitation of trafficking victims,
  • failing to support victim-survivors once they are free from their traffickers, and
  • leaving identifiable groups vulnerable to traffickers.

At the implementation mid-point of the 2030 Agenda and ahead of the SDG Summit 2023 this year, it is crucial to raise awareness and reinforce global commitments to eliminate trafficking in persons.

To end human trafficking, we cannot allow this crime to be met with increasing indifference and impunity. We must strengthen resilience against exploitation and the underlying socio-economic and cultural issues that are conducive to trafficking. We must sensitize everyone to the topic of human trafficking and thus push attention towards those who can make a difference in terms of changing policy and national resource management to strengthen prevention measures, improve identification of victims, increase support of survivors and end impunity.


Source: Text & Image: https://www.unodc.org/

17th Sunday of Year A – 2023


Everyone would agree: our lives are filled with all kinds of things.
Actions, reactions, relations, sensations, emotions, anticipations…
Beliefs, regrets, hopes, fears, joys, memories…
Bits and pieces of experiences of all kinds!

We may see some of them as good and helpful.
Others we may judge as negative and discouraging.

Could it be that we would need to do what we see fishermen do in today’s gospel text (Matthew 13:47-48)?
These men are busy doing some sorting out – keeping and throwing away.
They choose what is good and save it, and they discard what is not.

Choices… Attachment… Detachment…

Looking closely at our daily lives, we may discover some paralyzing souvenirs.
The memory of some events overwhelms us with shame and prevents us from living with joy.
We may find out that the guilt of some past actions leads us to unhealthy reactions.

We may also be deeply sorry that we have abandoned our faith in God.
We long to turn back to him but… we hesitate… we wait… we wonder…

If this is where we find ourselves just now, we need only to remember the words of the apostle Paul in the 2nd reading:

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).
In all things – whatever they are, no exception, no qualification… ALL.
He can make all of our human experiences stepping-stones to get closer to him.

Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at: https://image-i-nations.com/17e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Image: Scripture Images     GOD’S WORD translation


World Youth Day – 26 July 2023

“This is an opportunity for young people to celebrate their faith, meet other youth from around the world and to have a special encounter with Pope Francis,” said Isabel Correa, National Coordinator of the Canadian delegation to the World Youth Day 2023. “Over time, we have heard and seen the powerful experience that World Youth Day has been in the lives of so many Canadian youth and we expect that this year’s pilgrimage will be no different. It is a transformative and inspiring moment that they will cherish for years to come.”

Michelle Pacheco, a 26-year-old Canadian delegate from Toronto, currently works as a missionary with the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Youth Office and says that she has devoted all her preparation time to prayer. “Above all else, I have been asking people to pray for me and have also asked them how I can pray for them during my pilgrimage to World Youth Day,” she said.

“Since this is my first World Youth Day, it is difficult to say exactly what I will be able to take away from it,” said Justin Nguyen, a 28-year-old Canadian from Vancouver. “But what I do know is that it is a journey of faith – it is my first time attending WYD, my first time in Portugal and in Spain. I just hope and pray that it will be a time that allows me to focus on my relationship with God, then return home, and continue the mission that God has entrusted to me in service to my local community.”

World Youth Day is an opportunity to hear talks from leading Catholic speakers, and notably, including Bishops from every continent. In addition to catechetical sessions, there are opportunities for prayer and divine worship. A special element of World Youth Day also includes a cultural festival with music, dance, and creative expression, drawing on talented young people from around the world.

Pope Francis will spend five days in Portugal, most of them in Lisbon, where he will meet university students, enjoy lunch with young people, pray with them and preside at Mass, while also making a stop in Fatima, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world.

Source: Text: https://www.cccb.ca/media-release/5000-canadian-youth-join-pope-francis-in-portugal-for-world-youth-day/
Image: Archeparchy of Winnipeg


16th Sunday of Year A – 2023

Many of us have a collection of pictures and images.
Some people hold on to photos of past holidays with family and friends.
Others may have old cuttings from magazines about cinema stars, or athletes.
Others still may have religious pictures of different saints.

But there are other kinds of images, perhaps more precious.
They cannot be held in your hands, or stuck in a book, but they are no less real…
They are mental pictures, the images that our minds bring to us.
These representations are sometimes vividly present to us, or sometimes less so.

Among these images are the ones we have formed about… God.
Each one of us have his/her own pictures of who God is.
Over the years, these images may have changed –
some have been abandoned, others have been clarified, others are… still being sketched in us…

Today’s 1st reading from the Book of Wisdom (Wisdom 12:13-19) gives us a very beautiful picture of God.
It describes God as we should recognize him.
In the words of Solomon, we can perceive how God wants to be known to us.

“There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything…
Your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all…
You are mild in judgement,
You govern us with great lenience…
You have given your children the good hope that after sin you will grant repentance.”

It is as if God’s greatness and power were… for our benefit!
He delights, not in showing strength, but in showering gifts on us.
His justice is expressed in blessing and forgiving.


This text of the Old Testament was in anticipation of what Jesus would tell us about God:

“God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost…
God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world
but so that through him the world might be saved.”    (John 3:16-17)
This is the true picture of God – the God of Jesus, our God…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at: https://image-i-nations.com/16e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Image (text added): pexels (Ian Turnell)

Palace Day – 19 July 2023

For the eighth year in a row, the Network of European Royal Residences invites its members, cultural and political institutions, historic houses and their audiences to celebrate heritage on social media on July 19, 2023! During one day, join us to discover the palaces of Europe, enter their history and their behind the scenes pictures!


If astronomy is a recognised scientific discipline based on the observation of the stars, astrology and mythology lie in the domain of beliefs, religions and legends. However, within European royal re sidences, this blurring of astronomy, astrology and mythology is used by Princes to illustrate their power, in an allegorical way. The massive use of allegory in paintings and decorations served to highlight the monarch and his family. Just entering in a royal residence, you are sure to find that stars, gods, symbols are everywhere!

This July 19, 2023, we therefore invite the public, palaces, museums and all cultural institutions to discover the hidden symbols, decrypt the allegories, and share the mythological stories of palaces in Europe and around the world.

Source: Text: http://www.palaceday.com/    Image: unsplash.com

15th Sunday of Year A – 2023

In Jesus’ lifetime, sowing the seed for a harvest in Palestine was different from what is done nowadays here.
The gospel text of this Sunday (Matthew 13:1-23) tells us:

“Imagine a sower going out to sow…”

To imagine this scene, we must know that the method used would have been what we call:
‘sowing wildly’, or ‘sowing to the four winds’.

This is not a careful placing of some seeds in rows prepared to receive them.
The seeds are thrown haphazardly, they are cast far and wide without precision.

It is easy to conclude that the outcome will be different according to the place the seeds will eventually reach.

Listening to Jesus teaching, we can expect, as easily, that the same will happen with people.

Jesus’ words confirm our guess – people who receive the seed of God’s word react in different ways.

In Jesus’ parable, their attitude is compared to four types of ground:

  • The edge of the path…
  • Patches of rock with little soil…
  • Among thorns…
  • Rich soil…

Four words – starting with the letter S – can characterize the people themselves:

  • Superficial… God’s message is soon ‘gone with the wind’…
  • Senseless… people with no roots, no purpose in life…
  • Subdued… easily overcome by problems and obstacles…
  • Serious… about human existence and intent on finding its meaning…

I look at the words, I think of the personality they suggest, and I ask myself where do I belong?…
Suddenly, a comforting thought comes to my mind…

The seed cannot change the place where it is thrown but…
But a person can move from one position to another!
Superficial, senseless, subdued people can be transformed into…
the kind of people welcoming God’s word with their whole heart.

Welcoming God’s message,
and yielding a harvest
according to what God expects from each one individually.

A comforting thought indeed, and a promising perspective!…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at: https://image-i-nations.com/15e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Image: freebibleimages


World Population Day – 11 July 2023

 What women and girls want matters.

They make up 49.7 per cent of the global population, yet women and girls are often ignored in discussions on demographics, with their rights violated in population policies. The result is a world that excludes and marginalizes half the population of the planet – a problem that will prevent all of us from experiencing a more prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future.

At the root of this problem is gender inequality. 

This pervasive injustice keeps women and girls out of school, the workforce and leadership positions; limits their agency and ability to make decisions about their health and sexual and reproductive lives; and heightens their vulnerability to violence, harmful practices and preventable maternal death, with a woman dying every two minutes due to pregnancy or childbirth.

When women and girls are empowered by societies to exert autonomy over their lives and bodies, they and their families thrive, as the UNFPA 2023 State of World Population report illustrates. The knock-on effect is a better, more inclusive world, equipped to deal with whatever demographic changes and challenges the future holds.

UNFPA brings its data, experience and stories to support women and girls around the world, and World Population Day gives us an opportunity to highlight the need to advance gender equality to help realize the dreams of all 8 billion of us on our planet. 

This process starts by listening to the voices of women, girls and other marginalized people and introducing laws and policies that enable them to exert their rights and make meaningful choices.

We must advance gender equality to create a more just, resilient and sustainable world. The creativity, ingenuity, resources and power of women and girls are fundamental to addressing demographic and other challenges that threaten our future, including climate change and conflict. Women play a powerful role in advancing consensus and building peace at all levels. Yet just six countries have 50 per cent or more women in parliament.

Too often, gendered economic barriers and challenges to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, including lack of access to contraceptives, prevent women from creating the families they want – representing a violation of their bodily autonomy that threatens our global future. Governments must fortify the rights of women and girls  to ensure a more inclusive and resilient global population. 

The bottom line: Investing in gender equality today is an investment in our shared future. 

Source: Text: https://www.unfpa.org/events/world-population-day    Image: National Today

World Population Day reminds us that a truly inclusive Canada is one where persons with disabilities are embraced as integral members, enhancing the fabric of our diverse nation.

World Population Day, celebrated on July 11th, is an opportunity to recognize the diversity and value of every individual in society. This year, we shine a spotlight on persons with disabilities in Canada, highlighting their remarkable contributions and advocating for equal opportunities and inclusion. It is a time to celebrate their strengths, talents, and resilience, and to promote a society that embraces diversity and removes barriers that hinder their full participation.

Source: Text & Image: https://ccrw.org/event/world-population-day-2023/

14th Sunday of Year A – 2023

It is summertime and many people are longing for a break.
Some have been planning their vacation for a long time already.
Others have decided they’ll leave as a family for a ‘trip to nowhere’.
A few will be spending time at their chalet in the countryside.
All of them want to leave aside the usual routine and have a REST!

Surprisingly, the gospel text speaks precisely of this (Matthew 11:25-30).
Jesus himself invites us to experience true REST.
He tells us:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

God knows – he does indeed! – that we often feel wearied and burdened–
we really need a rest.
REST… from what?

From the burden of useless worry…
From the repeated efforts to prove ourselves…
From the constant feeling of having to perform…
From the painful memories surging so often from the past…
From the regrets of missed opportunities…
From the chores, the tasks, the duties demanding time, always more time…

It does not mean to give up the responsibilities we have freely accepted.
We are not to forget what we have committed ourselves to do for people who count on us.
We will not simply think only of ourselves and what we feel like, or desire.

It means that we will take on a new… ‘lifestyle’, if it can be put this way.
The gospel text adds:

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me”. 

This is the second part of Jesus’ invitation: to learn from him, taking on his ways, his ‘lifestyle’.
We may find – amazingly – that this takes away the stress as well as the self-centredness.
We go about daily living in a more relaxed fashion.
Life becomes lighter, freer, more enjoyable… restful!

It is worth a trial!…
Answering Jesus’ invitation is a good occasion to do this…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at: https://image-i-nations.com/14e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Images: pexels.com (Uriel Mont)   (Ron Lach)   Proud to Be T J’S Man